Bob Shaw / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — John Strohfus is rehabilitating the outlaw of Minnesota agriculture. "People think this is new," said Strohfus, as he sifted hemp seed through his fingers at his Afton farm. "But the only thing new is that farmers can grow it now." Farmers like Strohfus are tip-toeing into the hemp market, planting fields in Woodbury, Afton, Dakota County and across the state. State officials are encouraging them, saying that hemp would stimulate the state's economy.
MAPLEWOOD, Minn.—The Twin Cities metro area's first edible-hemp store is now open in Maplewood, and the owners have a lot of explaining to do. Yes, hemp is a cousin of marijuana. No, it doesn't make you high. Yes, it is legal. No, you don't smoke it, but you can vape it. "I am getting a lot of questions," said Abbie Schneider, co-owner of Minnesota Hempdropz, which opened Aug. 11 in a strip mall at 2225 White Bear Ave. Her specialty is products containing one of the active ingredients in hemp and marijuana — CBD, or cannabidiol.
Minnesota has more girls participating in high school sports per capita than any other state. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, Minnesota's rate is triple that of some other states, and 60 percent higher than Wisconsin's. The number of girls surged 17 percent in 10 years, and increased in every sport listed by the federation. Girl athletes in Minnesota are on the verge of overtaking boys, with 49 percent of the total. That gives Minnesota the highest percentage of female prep athletes in the nation.
ST. PAUL — Call it the $5 billion Teflon trial — Minnesota's biggest environmental lawsuit ever. When the trial of the State of Minnesota vs. 3M Co. starts Feb. 20, it will pit the state against what may be its most-loved company. The state attorney general will be taking on a $145 billion corporate behemoth and charging it with fouling the state's water. The lawsuit hinges on the alleged damage caused by chemicals found in household items such as nonstick cookware and stain repellent.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota is seeking $5 billion in damages from 3M Co. in what could become one of the largest environmental lawsuits in the nation's history. In Hennepin County District Court documents filed Friday, the attorney general charged that chemicals manufactured by Maplewood-based 3M have damaged human health and the environment.
ST. PAUL — A supersized ice palace is being planned for the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival — to coincide with the 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis — and west central Minnesota is likely to play a big role. The $15 million structure is expected to be built on the grounds of the state Capitol, according to a presentation at the annual meeting of the St. Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation, which oversees the annual Winter Carnival.
ROSEVILLE, Minn.—Mark Connolly is chasing shadows. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing," said Connolly, who will be driving from Roseville to Missouri with his wife and three grandchildren to see a solar eclipse Aug. 21. He will be part of what's expected to be a big migration in U.S. history — as millions of Americans travel to see the shadow of the moon cross the continental U.S. The last time a solar eclipse could be seen coast-to-coast was 1918, and the next one will be in 2024.